Jeff Daniels is Jeff Comey and Brendan Gleeson suits up as President Donald Trump in the new trailer for Showtime’s upcoming dramatization of the whole Comey situation that was only about four years ago, though it feels closer to 100. The one-time director of the FBI first drew ire in 2016 for his investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails before becoming a bogeyman of the Trump Administration for his role in the investigation into Russian meddling in the election. Trump fired Comey in 2017, setting off a media firestorm around Comey’s memos of his private meetings with the President, the investigation into Michael Flynn and leading to George Mueller’s own investigation.
Now, Showtime is bringing the story straight to your TV screen, where it just was a few years ago, with help from Daniels and Gleeson. The two men are able actors, no doubt, and manage to capture a little bit of the energy of their subjects even though neither looks the part. The show will be adapted from Comey’s memoir A Higher Loyalty, which establishes its sympathies firmly on the side of the former director of the FBI.
So your tolerance of The Comey Rule may largely hinge on your tolerance for the man himself, as well as your feelings about the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Comey Rule probably won’t change many minds, but it may be an opportunity for a few gifted performers (besides Gleeson and Daniels, Holly Hunter, Michael Kelly, Scoot McNairy, Jonathan Banks and Loretta Lynch are all here as well) to stretch their wings.